The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea

on September 15, 1995 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   Legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau is front and center as a past-her-prime beauty who refuses to let the infirmities of old age slow her down. The always flamboyant Moreau dares to act her age (in her 60s) as a con artist who, along with an ex-diplomat/lover ("Le Cage aux Folles'" Michel Serrault), steals her way across France but finds her usual life affected when she decides to groom a young gigolo (Luc Thullier) as her heir.
   With an accomplished cast and stunning resort settings, "La Vieille Qui Marchait dans la Mer" should be a charming piece of fluff, the type the French once were able to conjure in their sleep. But director/co-writer Laurent Heynemann instead offers a paper-thin tale (adapted from a book by San-Antonio) that plods from con to con to little effect. Moreau and Serrault do their best, but the embarrassing dialogue (including childish insults the two constantly hurl at each other) makes them look only sad.    Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Serrault and Luc Thullier. Directed by Laurent Heynemann. Written by Laurent Heynemann and Dominique Roulet. A CFP release. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 94 min.
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